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Cordilleran from Baguio tops PH Army Officer Candidate Course 56-2022

Photo Courtesy || PH Military

Cordillera - A Cordilleran from Baguio city emerged as the "best among the best' of the "Ikarigatak" Officer Candidate Course Class (OCC) 56-2022.

2nd Lieutenant Jerald Garcia graduated Top 1 in the OCC on October 20, 2022 held at the Philippine Army Officer Candidate School (PAOCS) in Capas, Tarlac.

2LT Garcia received the Secretary of National Defense Saber for graduating at the top of his class; the Commander TRADOC Leadership Saber for leadership excellence, and the Chief of Staff TRADOC Physical Proficiency Award for being the strongest cadet in the Physical Fitness Test.

Two hundred twenty nine (229) members of the Officer Candidate Course Class 56-2022 culminated the 1-year pre-entry course for Army officers during the graduation ceremony.

Senior USEC Jose C. Faustino, the Officer in Charge of the Department of National Defense, graced the occasion as Speaker and Guest of Honor.

In his speech, Faustino admonished the new lieutenants to pursue excellence in the military service by continuously learning from others.

“You must be humble and patient. Always take the opportunity to learn from your troops,” he said.

Faustino noted that rookie officers need to get ready for the many obstacles they would encounter in their career.

“Be ready for the challenges ahead because you will never know yourself and the strength of your character until you have been tested by adversity.” he added.

The Officer Candidate Course is a one year pre-entry training for those who qualify for commissionship in the regular force of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. The military course includes a module on Warfighting, Troop Leading Procedures, and Leadership Development.



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